Morning Brew - ☕️ Hitting undo

The most expensive shareholder battle ever is over...
April 04, 2024 View Online | Sign Up | Shop

Morning Brew

AT&T In-car Wi-Fi

Good morning. Some personal news: Coffee prices hit an all-time high. Robusta futures jumped 3.8% on Wednesday to a record $3,800 a tonne, bringing their 12-month gain to 68%. At this rate, the espresso is going to cost more than the martini.

—Matty Merritt, Cassandra Cassidy, Molly Liebergall, Abby Rubenstein, Neal Freyman














*Stock data as of market close, cryptocurrency data as of 3:00am ET. Here's what these numbers mean.

  • Markets: Stocks continued their second-quarter slump, with the Dow notching its third down day in a row. Ulta Beauty plunged like a wand being dipped into mascara after its CEO revealed that, despite the resilience of the beauty category, sales have slowed.


Disney and Bob Iger fended off the activists

Chief executive officer and chairman of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger and Mickey Mouse look on before ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), November 27, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Disney’s current rulers will continue to oversee the kingdom. The company’s board, helmed by CEO Bob Iger, defeated activist investors who had hoped to replace current board members and steer the company in a new direction.

In case you weren’t following the most expensive board seat battle ever...two groups of activist investors were aiming to convince shareholders to vote their preferred candidates onto the board. Blackwells Capital led one. But the more fearsome threat came from Nelson Peltz, the 81-year-old billionaire and founder of Trian Fund Management, who has tried to snag a Disney board seat before.

  • Peltz, whose firm owns 1.76% of Disney’s shares (about $3.5 billion worth of stock), campaigned for two board seats—one for himself and the other for former Disney CFO Jay Rasulo. He criticized Iger for his botched succession planning, the company’s falling share price, and Disney+.
  • Iger and Disney staunchly opposed Peltz and his pick joining the board.

Both sides enlisted powerful allies: Former Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter and Elon Musk voiced their support for Peltz. Meanwhile, Disney secured support from Star Wars creator George Lucas and JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.

But yesterday, Peltz received just 31% of shareholder votes.

Many votes to keep the board as-is came from retail investors, who have outsize power at Disney because of the sheer number of them. Nearly 75% of individual investors voted for Disney’s board picks—which makes sense since Disney spent almost $40 million on campaigns to sway them to do just that. Disney even sent mailers with characters like Elsa and Anna urging shareholders to vote its way.

Disney may still need some magic. The proxy war might be over, but some concerns raised by the activist investors linger. Iger retired from the CEO role in 2020, but Disney brought him back in November 2022, and he doesn’t have a replacement ready. Disney+ still isn’t profitable and isn’t expected to be until the end of the year, and the company just released the first look for a live-action Lion King prequel with…more CGI lions.—MM



She shoots, she—

AT&T In-car Wi-Fi

Don’t miss out on witnessing your favorite team dominate the court. Tune in to every game—even while you’re on the road—when you hook up your car with AT&T In-car Wi-Fi.

AT&T In-car Wi-Fi helps you keep your eye on the ball (unless you’re driving, of course) no matter where you are. Sign up for their free four-day test drive today and get crystal-clear connection until the final buzzer rings out.

Let AT&T In-car Wi-Fi be the driving force behind your bracket success. After all, they cover more roads than any other carrier and let you connect up to 10 devices.

Let’s hit the road this season.


Tour de headlines

The spotify logo on a phone Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Spotify plans to raise prices. We regret to inform you that the platform where you listen to music and podcasts is reportedly gearing up to raise prices, in part to help offset its costly push into audiobooks. Spotify will begin charging $1 to $2 more in the UK, Australia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Ghana this month and then hike prices in the US later in the year, per the Wall Street Journal. The company is testing how much it can squeeze out of listeners as it tries to get back on track after losses that prompted layoffs.

Americans believe they need $1.46 million to retire in style. The new magic number for retirement, found in a study by Northwestern Mutual, is 15% higher than what people thought they needed last year—and 53% higher than the amount people in 2020 pictured themselves needing to feel comfortable leaving the workforce to sit on a beach in Florida. It’s also more than most people have socked away: On average, US adults have $88,400 saved for retirement.

Paramount may have found its buyer. Paramount Global’s controlling shareholder, Shari Redstone, who has been looking to unload the entertainment giant, has a tentative agreement to sell her stake to Skydance Media, according to Bloomberg. Paramount Global’s board has entered exclusive talks with Skydance, shunning a competing offer from Apollo Global Management to buy the debt-laden company for $26 billion and agreeing not to talk to other suitors for 30 days, per the WSJ.


It’s a bad time to be a hen

Photo of eggs Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

The bird flu, which seems to reemerge as soon as you forget about it, is back.

Cal-Maine, the largest egg producer in the US, halted all operations at a Texas facility earlier this week and culled nearly 4% of its flock, including 1.6 million hens, after detecting the bird flu. The virus, carried by migrating waterfowl, is spreading rapidly around the country, hitting Texas especially hard. And it’s not just affecting birds:

  • The virus has transferred over to cattle. It’s been reported in seven Texas dairy herds and appears to spread from cow to cow.
  • One person in the state who had contact with cows contracted the virus. Their only symptom was pink eye, according to the state health department. The threat to humans is low, per the CDC.

Egg prices may not be safe…Cal-Maine accounts for 20% of the egg market, and the production halt could drive up prices. Following a bird flu outbreak in 2022, the cost of a dozen eggs hit a record $4.82 in January 2023.

But your daily glass of milk is fine. Cows recover from the sickness, and the USDA doesn’t have any concerns about the safety of milk, since pasteurization kills the virus.—CC




Here’s what you didn’t know about Ohio. For starters, the Ohio buckeye is a type of tree. So when you move your business there, you’ll see a lot of them. JobsOhio can make your biz transition easy—they’re a private nonprofit, so you can expect less red tape and more confidentiality. Choose Ohio.


Amazon hits undo on cashierless checkouts

Will Smith saying ‘you know what? nevermind, man’ The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air/NBC via Giphy

After struggling to get shoppers on board with an innovation that was promised to revolutionize how you pay for groceries, Amazon is done trying to reinvent the wheel self-checkout for now.

The tech giant is pulling its cashierless “Just Walk Out” checkout system from Amazon Fresh stores in the US and leaning into its scanner-equipped Dash Carts instead. Like E-ZPass for milk and eggs, Just Walk Out uses overhead cameras and shelf sensors to track customers’ baskets and charge them once they leave the store.

Why ditch it? The extremely contactless tech is time-consuming and expensive to install, can get thrown off by customers putting items back on the wrong shelves, and takes minutes to hours to send patrons their digital receipts. That’s largely because Just Walk Out still required ~700 human checks per 1,000 sales as of 2022—far above Amazon’s internal goal of 20 to 50 per 1,000 sales, according to The Information.

Shoppers can still Just Walk Out of US Amazon Go locations, smaller UK Amazon Fresh stores, and some licensed airport stores and stadium concession stands.

Zoom out: Amazon’s physical store business hasn’t been a blockbuster. In Q4 2023 its revenue was only up 14% compared with the first full quarter after Amazon bought Whole Foods in 2017 and only accounted for 3.4% of the company’s business.—ML



Key performance indicators

Runners cross the Verrazano Bridge before competing in the Men's division during the New York City Marathon KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images

Stat: New York City is not playing around with its move toward congestion pricing: Now, it even wants people who run into the city to pay tolls. Well, not most of the time, but the New York Times reports that the city’s transportation agency has demanded $750,000 from the organization that puts on the NYC Marathon to cover lost toll revenue for the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, where runners start the race. The agency has threatened to allow runners to use only one level of the bridge—which would certainly cause a traffic jam, since 50,000+ marathoners are expected in November.

Quote: “I didn’t want anything to be basic.”

College can no longer contain Angel Reese, who will be moving on to the WNBA from March Madness, where her final LSU season just ended with a loss to Iowa. As befits a star like Bayou Barbie, she made the announcement with a Vogue fashion shoot à la Serena Williams. “Of course, I like to do everything big,” she told the magazine. Noting that she’d already clinched a national championship and been All-American, Reese said she was ready for the next level, explaining, “My ultimate goal is to be a pro—and to be one of the greatest basketball players to play, ever.”

Read: As obesity rises, Big Food and dietitians push “anti-diet” advice. (Washington Post)


What else is brewing

  • José Andrés is speaking out after an Israeli strike killed seven aid workers from his World Central Kitchen charity who were delivering food in Gaza.
  • Ukraine lowered its military draft age from 27 to 25, a controversial move as the country tries to bulk up its troops to fight Russia’s invasion.
  • Intel revealed that its semiconductor-making unit lost $7 billion last year. The news sent the company’s stock down.
  • Amazon is laying off hundreds of employees from its cloud computing division, including the team overseeing its cashierless tech (and not just the Just Walk Out feature it’s pulling from stores), as well as people sales and marketing roles.
  • Microsoft and Quantinuum said they’ve had a major quantum computing breakthrough.


To do list Thursday

Get lunch for less: Here are the restaurants with deals for National Burrito Day today.

Prepare: Check out the best ways to watch the eclipse without damaging your eyes and a list of reputable suppliers for glasses.

Feel old: Listen to the songs Mozart composed when he was five.

Learn: How going deep on aviation disasters helped cure a fear of flying.

Get closer to financial freedom: Money with Katie is hosting a FREE live workshop about how to reach financial independence. Spots are limited, so reserve yours now.

Adventure awaits: Get a $200 Delta gift card just for taking a BILL Spend & Expense demo. See how BILL can help your biz automate expense reports + more.*

*A message from our sponsor.


The puzzle section

Brew Mini: The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament is this weekend, and even if you’re not going, you can get in the spirit by playing today’s delightful Mini.

Three Headlines and a Lie

Three of these headlines are real and one is faker than making a 15-minute connection in ATL. Can you spot the odd one out?

  1. Officials have a plan to end years of monkey mayhem in a central Thai city
  2. Sticks. And the people who love them.
  3. Man pleads guilty to theft of solid gold toilet worth $6 million from Blenheim Palace
  4. Meet the team fighting to bring baseball caps into wedding fashion


Share Morning Brew with your friends, acquire free Brew swag, and then acquire more friends as a result of your fresh Brew swag.

We’re saying we’ll give you free stuff and more friends if you share a link. One link.

Your referral count: 2

Click to Share

Or copy & paste your referral link to others:


We made up the one about wedding fashion.

Word of the Day

Today’s Word of the Day is: mayhem, meaning “violent disorder or chaos.” Thanks to Rick Stel from Wisconsin for helping us keep this section in order with the suggestion. Submit another Word of the Day here.

✢ A Note From AT&T In-car Wi-Fi

Based on independent third-party data.

Requires eligible car and wireless service plan. Additional restrictions apply.


Update your email preferences or unsubscribe here.
View our privacy policy here.

Copyright © 2024 Morning Brew. All rights reserved.
22 W 19th St, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10011

Older messages

☕ Pass the remote

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Skims, cord-cutters, the Target Lady, and more ad campaign news. April 03, 2024 Marketing Brew PRESENTED BY Northbeam It's Wednesday. Dress for the job you want: Kristen Wiig has played a Target

☕ Buy the book

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Apparel stores set up pop-up book shops. April 03, 2024 Retail Brew PRESENTED BY Paylocity Welcome to Wednesday. Much like Target Lady—the SNL character Kristen Wiig reprised in a series of ads the

☕ What women want

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Why aren't more women buying EVs? April 03, 2024 Tech Brew PRESENTED BY Altair It's Wednesday. The numbers don't lie: Women are skittish about buying EVs. But what's behind the

☕️ Don’t talk to her

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Why Tesla's in a world of pain... April 03, 2024 View Online | Sign Up | Shop Morning Brew PRESENTED BY Invesco QQQ Good morning. We are so excited to announce that two of our social media stars,

☕ Play to win

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Why some brands are spending more on women's March Madness than men's. April 02, 2024 Marketing Brew PRESENTED BY StackAdapt Happy Tuesday. While there were plenty of April Fools' Day jokes

You Might Also Like

Microsoft really does not want Windows 11 running on ancient PCs [Wed Apr 24 2024]

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Hi The Register Subscriber | Log in The Register {* Daily Headlines *} 24 April 2024 bouncer Microsoft really does not want Windows 11 running on ancient PCs Even tighter requirements, so it's time

Contra Hanson On Medical Effectiveness

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

... ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏

How Summer Lee cruised to victory

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

What powered Lee's win was her ability to win over the party establishment. How Summer Lee cruised to victory If somebody forwarded you this newsletter, you can sign up here. You can share it using

What A Day: Funds fact

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

The UN is urging donor nations to restore funding to UNRWA ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏

This Is My Cardboard Bed

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Here's What You Missed on the Strategist The Strategist Every product is independently selected by editors. If you buy something through our links, New York may earn an affiliate commission. This

How to Beat the Market 3:1

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

This advisory has returned a massive 838% since inception compared to the 273% return from the S&P 500 View in browser Fellow Investor, My father Malcolm taught me never to let a good opportunity

I’m as smooth as a seal

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The best body razor ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏

Mehdi Hasan Is the ‘Debate Me’ Bro

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Columns and commentary on news, politics, business, and technology from the Intelligencer team. Intelligencer the media The 'Debate Me' Bro Mehdi Hasan's aggressive interviewing style

How Android Intelligence built a thriving paid membership

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

When JR Raphael launched his Android Intelligence newsletter in 2018, it was mainly a roundup of news meant to complement his Computerworld column of the same name. But as the newsletter amassed an

This is not your typical email from The Intercept

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

You don't usually hear from me, but my name is Michael Sherrard, and I'm the person at The Intercept in charge of making sure we meet our membership fundraising goals. You don't usually